Design Studio Atra Brings Mexico’s Midcentury Aesthetic to San Francisco

Swedish-Mexican designer Alexander Díaz Andersson crafts eye-pleasing furnishings that age gracefully



Forward-thinking furniture designer Alexander Díaz Andersson, founder of Mexico City studio Atra, considers how natural woods and metals age over time. “We’re mindful of the decaying process so that with use [the furniture] becomes more beautiful,” says Díaz Andersson, who recently brought Atra to the U.S. with a San Francisco showroom.


The newest collection from the designer (known for marrying sleek Scandinavian lines with sculptural details reminiscent of Mexico’s midcentury brutalism) features geometric seating, tables and more. Metals are oxidized to a blue, purple, yellow, black or bronze patina; woods are oiled to evolve with wear or charred using a Japanese wood-preserving technique.


In addition to its unique methods and commitment to sustainability, Atra is further luring Californians with a forthcoming selection of outdoor furniture and an L.A. outpost, due in 2020.


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Feature image: The new ATRA collection, $13,000-$17,000. All photos by José Manuel Espinosa.


This story originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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